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    Woody Allen, Without Feathers (1976)

  • New Agers and Creationists
    should not be President
    New Age beliefs are the Creationism of the Progressives. I move in circles where most people would find it absurd to believe that humans didn't evolve from prehistoric ancestors, yet many of these same people quite happily believe in astrology, psychics, reincarnation, the Tarot deck, the i Ching, and sooth-saying. Palmistry and phrenology have pretty much blown over.

    If you were attending a dinner party of community leaders in Dallas, Atlanta, Omaha or Colorado Springs and the conversation turned to religion, a chill might fall on the room if you confessed yourself an atheist. Yet at a dinner party of the nicest and brightest in New York, Chicago, San

    Francisco and (especially) Los Angeles, if the hostess began to confide about past lives, her Sign and yours, and her healing crystals, it might not go over so well if you confessed you thought she was full of it.


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A pretty strange rant that conflates Huckabee with progressives, but there it is: when it comes to our beliefs (or, in this case, anti-beliefs), our emotions can get the best of us.

And I assure Mr. Ebert that if he were to tell me that I was "full of it" for using the I Ching, that would "go over" just fine. What's to fight about? I consult the old Chinese book; I would not burden it with my belief. I no more believe in it than I believe in Shakespeare or Dostoyevsky; I listen to them, I enjoy them.

I've been through the new age emporium: Zen, yoga, gnostic Christianity, tantra, and more. You use what works for as long as it does, holding it lightly, and then you move on. Right now, I'd like to have a particle accelerator in my den, to use as an oracle. I have only one stone tablet left to smash: my belief in a random universe. May it soon be destroyed.

I have only one stone tablet left to smash: my belief in a random universe. May it soon be destroyed.

So describes my current state that it's scary. Guess my state is going to change...

I think the I Ching is pretty cool. There's nothing supernatural about it; that is, it isn't speaking directly to me about my specific problem, but the advice is usually pretty good. That being said, I think Ebert is right on. On several occasions, I have found myself cringing at friends' new agey nonsense. I call it the soymilk effect. I know lots of people who drink soymilk because "cow's milk is bad for you." Then just don't drik cow's milk, I always reply. Then I get the Homer Simpson stare. The cow's milk has to be replaced by something, in part, I think, to display that they have given up on it. They can't just let the void exist on its own; it has to be filled.

What do you put on your cereal?

just don't eat cereal.

I tried soy "milk". It should be called soy juice. I just drink lactose-free milk and go about my day.

I am intolerant of the lactose as well and I love cereal.

I use almond "milk"

I use almond "milk"

I just had a mental image of almonds with little tiny udders on them.

I got nothing against soy "milk" per se. I'm just against it being called "milk". It was misleading and it lead to a very nasty coffee experience.

I very rarely eat cereal or drink milk.

that onion piece was hysterical. surprised you didn't post the thing about the sumerians.

lactose has the same rights as any other chemical compound. don't be intolerant.

if the hostess began to confide about past lives, her Sign and yours, and her healing crystals, it might not go over so well if you confessed you thought she was full of it.

It strikes me as delightfully silly that belief is considered a virtue and non-belief is a serious faux pas. It seems like it would lead to a pantheon overcrowded with the supernatural agents that one is forced to acknowledge and forbidden to deny.

I am reminded of the Transmetropolitan story where Spider goes crazy at that religious convention...

Crazy shit.

It seems that Ebert forgot Article 6 of the Constitution: "The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States."

There are a lot of religious and pseudo-religious crack-pots around. We could make the adherence to any supernatural belief grounds for disqualification from holding public office and probably be better off in the long run. Ain't going to happen but one can dream...

He's just saying people shouldn't vote for them.

I adamantly support the right of any candidate to profess any faith, or none. And in the separate case of their New Age or Creationism beliefs, I emphasize my words "should not" rather than "can not" be President.

I would add, that voters should instead point and laugh. That would have been awesome when those three idiots raised their hands on one of the Republican debates when they were asked if they "didn't believe" in evolution.

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